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Black Dog
06-26-2012, 05:50 AM
Thanks for all the lovely cards recieved so far!

07-02-2012, 10:46 PM

Nige's - B&W sunset. Got to ask Nige, where is this place? I can't help but think I have been there but then I cannot remember any specifics. Great representation of the hills and the tones of the foreground.

07-03-2012, 10:09 AM
Nige's "the Breakaways" arrived in Japan today. Really lovely side-lighting makes the details in the formations stand out. If I ever can afford to go back to Oz, I'd really like to explore more areas like this one. Thanks!

07-03-2012, 06:51 PM
When I posted last time I was too lazy to Google "The Breakaways". Have just done this and see this area is just North of Coober Pedy.

This explains why I had thought I had been there. I have, and never bothered to findout what the area was called. It was one of my stops when I used to drive to Darwin many years ago in the early 90's.

07-04-2012, 09:49 AM
you got it!

07-07-2012, 02:46 AM
06 July 2012

First thanks you to George, Steve, Rechelle, Andy, Nanette, and Uwe for you kind comments. I am pleased that you and your families/collegues enjoy the photo.

It has been a long time since I visited here. Here are my comments on the cards I have received.
A photo from the Austrailian Outback from Nige. I like how the shodows acentuate the texture of the rock outcrop.
A beautifully photographed Dogwood Flower from hankins27. The flower seems to float above the black background. Well done.
A photo of an extensive backyard garden from Oxleyroad. IR film can yeild some very creative effects. Too bad the best film is no longer available (Kodak HIE).

This round has been filled with some very nice images. Keep them coming.


07-09-2012, 08:32 PM
i'm really enjoying this round, 2 more cards today...
the breakaways, from Nige
Textures, Shoreline Park, from Darwin

I like the fact that i keep "coming back" to each and smiling.

I'm learning - got all my cards in the mail today... i like the friendly notes people are sending... i'll start to do that next round.

thanks folks....

Rob Skeoch
07-10-2012, 09:43 AM
Truro Reservoir from George Nova Scotia arrived yesterday.
Wonderful shot with that IR film. Too bad they stopped selling it.

07-11-2012, 12:32 AM
Yesterday the image of Truro reservior from George Nova Scotia reached Leipzig in Germany. Very fine shot. It ist interesting how much IR effect you got from a red filter. But I understand, an IR filter was not very applicatble at your Miranda SLR.

07-11-2012, 03:50 PM
Sorry it took me so long to answer, but sometimes life just happens … I am happy to let you now, that I posted all my 20 cards today and they are now on their way to the various corners of the world. Let me begin by thanking all of you for having me in your postcard exchange. I am a beginner when it comes to darkroom printing and you will clearly see this in my card, but it was a lot of fun and I promise I will get practice hard to get better during the upcoming rounds :D
If anyone does not receive their card, please let me know and I will send an extra card.

So far I received 5 cards and I guess I did well to put them away until I had put the postage on my cards, otherwise I am not sure I would have sent out my cards. You guys are amazing!!! Here they are in the order received:

First card to find it’s way to me was “Michigan Avenue” from J Rollinger. I really like the scene and it really draws you in. I can almost feel the people staring at me while they are crossing the street. I like the off-center composition and that there is so much to experience in this image, as there is a lot going on. Just like in real life, where we often don’t take the time to really see everything that is really happening around us in a given moment. The tonality is great, plenty of detail in the shadows and no blown out highlights, but still it seems to have the whole spectrum from black to almost white. Great print !!!

The second one to arrive in my mailbox was Rachel’s Hiroshia Peace Memorial. I had and have an instant strong emotional connection to this image. I am really in awe with the expressive print and how the way the image was taken and printed is really underlining for what this memorial stands. The ghostly reflections and blurred out people are really putting it into context. I really love how the peace dome actually is the brightest spot in the image, surrounded by utter darkness. I could go on and on about this image, I am really touched by it. I have been standing infront of the peace dome about 4 years ago and this image brings out all the feelings I had while I was there. Thank you so very much Rachel. This is a precious image and a precious moment you are sharing with us there. To me personally the craftsmanship of the print is amazing and I would not want to see it done any different. This must be one of my favorite images I have seen in a whie.

The third card I had the honor of receiving is ‘The Back Garden’ from Andy C . I am sure a lot of work went into this print! From the shadows and the light it looks like it is noonish and the sun is dazzeling down, but still, Andy somehow still retained so much detail in the sky and the highlights. Not sure if this is because it was IR film. Actually this is one of the first images really convincing me try IR film one day.
I can for sure feel the warm sun on my face while looking at the image in a year with a miserable summer over here ;)
The tonality, the sharpness and the detail make this image something to hang on my enlarger for inspiration. Thank you for sharing and I sure would have liked to look over your shoulder while printing it.

Number four is ‘Textures, shoreline Park’ . This is another gripping image to me. I so love the story telling character of the image and how my mind starts spinning stories around this corroder thing (to me it looks like part of a ship) …
I love how you combined so many different textures. The sand, the stones, the corroded metal, the water and while not clearly visible, the breeze coming from the water. I can almost taste the salty air and feel the sand and the stones underneath my feet and between my toes. Thank you very much for this lovely image. I really think you did an awesome job in interpreting those textures through your print. I hope one day I will be able to actually print tones so well, because to me you just hit the sweet-spot when it comes to the tones you printed, not to dark, not to light and in the right contrast. Awesome!

Last but not least yesterday I received ‘Truro Reservoir’ from George. Well I have to say I was rooted outside at my mailbox for a couple of minutes staring at this amazing image. Even now that that I am looking at it again, it is hard to concentrate on continuing to write. The scene is so nice , relaxed and serene, but the IR film gives it a quite different atmosphere. It is just a little off and makes it a little eerie. I would love to see a bigger print of this. Definitely a masterly crafted print showing a lot of heart and soul through the print. There is detail where there needs to be detail, a wide range of tones I did not even know are possible with IR film. I love the image, the composition and the interpretation. This image wants me to know more about the person who took this. Thank you so much for sharing.

George Nova Scotia
07-12-2012, 10:38 AM
Rince and all, first thanks for your comments, all very much appreciated. Yes it is sad that Kodak no longer makes that film, I might just try some of the newer IR films if I can round up a filter or two.

It always nice to hear that cards have arrived, and for that matter great to hear they have been sent as well.

How's everyone doing? Negative selected? printing underway? Or just waiting for a trip to the post office?

Signup for the next round starts in September! If you're new and want to join in just check the Info and FAQ threads or send me a PM with any questions. Where else can you receive such a variety from all over the world?


07-13-2012, 06:30 AM
How's everyone doing?

I'm fine, thanks! ;)

But as to the Postcard Exchange... After I printed my cards for round 25, I kind-of promised to myself to be early in the next round, for a change. Well, it is safe to say by now that I broke my promise. No negative selected yet; it might even be that the picture still has to be taken.

Received some very nice prints already, I will sit down and comment on those... some day.

Rest assured, I will print, send and comment, I just haven't done it yet.

Rob Skeoch
07-13-2012, 11:42 AM
Just received the "Breakaways" from Nige. Looks like a very interesting area of the world.

I haven't started printing yet, but have shot and processed the film.


Mike Wilde
07-15-2012, 03:22 PM
Finally, my cards are in the post. I made a commitment to myself to print one of the images with color, doing my own ra-4 printing. I wanted to calibrate a big roll of Fuji Crystal Archive that I bought, that has been sitting in the freezer for more than 8 months untouched.

So I got caught up on a whole whack of backloged film (about 16 rolls, and 20 sheets of 4x5) needing processing, contact printed all the c-41 filer pages onto a well understood old Kodak Supra RA-4 paper and not too old chemistry.

I then paused to get set up for the 5" Fuji stuff, cutting 7" sections from the spool. I also decided to made up a new blix; the old tank solution was on the verge of sulfating and silvering out. Discovered the 'part A' had actually sulfered out when it came time to mik more. So I proceeded to mix my own Part A from Amm thio , sulfite, and hydroxide from a formula I had squirrelled away on this issue a few years ago, knowing that this day would come.

Made up a new batch of developer replenisher, filtered the cruddies from the working developer, and add the replenisher, which was behind schedule due to a big batch of contact prints.

Then fire the roller processor up this am, and find all sorts of gremlins in the control board operation. Shake most of them out, and feed a blank page through, and yuck - get green with random green globs. Try Kodak paper -green too, not as bad. Feed it a clean out sheet, and lots of specks come out adhered to it, so that was definitely needed - I guess the blix and developer crudies were quite stuck in some rollers.

Pull all rollers to check chem temps. Yikes - tank 1 - a water pre bath for the way I run it - was over 50C, when I had poured in at about 30C to start an hour before. So pour in cold water, and feed a blank sheet, get clean white out - yes back in business of a sort.

So I wound out the prints in a rushed batch before tank 1 takes off to a boil again. The prints are now done and mailed, so now I can tear the machine apart and fingure out why the control circuits are driving the heater on tank 1 all the time.

Prints done near the end had blue/purple creeping into the borders as tank 1 heated. Now you know the long sorry story why I put them out the way that they are.

07-16-2012, 01:35 PM
Today I received 'NYC, Empire State from Brooklyn Bride' by Jim. It is for sure a view I have not seen before. I like the clouds and the sky in this print.
It really is awesome to open up the mailbox and not only find bills and invoices in there ;) Looking forward to the rest of the cards.

Mike Wilde
07-16-2012, 05:10 PM
DRPSilver – Textures – I enjoy the sharp/ unsharp texture of the foam in the waves that form the background to the image.
It is likely a lucky combination of speed of the waves and the shutter speed used.
The foreground placement of the rusting and crumbling elements shows a very nice viewpoint to reveal, and you knowingly pointed out the textures of this scene.

George NS – IR Truro Reservoir - A very nice image of tranquil waters with the textbook IR look of the foliage. I like the black lurking shadows of the foreshore on the far side.

Nige – Breakaways - a nice shot of the Outback. The cloudless sky, brings back memories of my time spent travelling the outback on holidays while working in Brizzie.
Excellent timing/ use of light and shadows to show the contours of the hills so well.

Moose on the Loose – Hiroshima lantern parade - Wow – that must be a spectacle to witness in person. The image sure packs a lot of emotional punch.
Superb framing, and good control of contrast in what is undoubtedly a challenging lighting situation.

Piu58 – Simmer Haus – Great rendering of the textures of wood, and a great example of good use of negative space in the center of a successful image.
A nice companion bit of background text to explain the uniqueness of the image contents.

Steve Hawkins – Dogwood Flower – A very nice still life composition. Great full blacks set off the delicate texture in the petals.
Super depth of field for what is a challenging macro type shot.

07-17-2012, 02:28 AM
Yesterday I received Jims card of the Empire State. My wife an me enjoyed the card. We like the fine chosen position, the builind between a gap of nearer houseses. Thank you, Jim.

07-17-2012, 09:12 PM
Two cards arrived early this morning:

BoxBrownie's "The Inglewood Terror". I love these old abandoned cars one finds in the countryside, and this one is unlike many of the others I've seen.

Rince's German Cathedral organ. A really gorgeous instrument and I think it's a great print -- lots of nice detail and contrast!

07-18-2012, 08:53 AM
And two more! (I'm not used to two deliveries a day!)

George Richards' "Truro Reservoir", taken on one of my favorite films. I love the way HIE renders water and reflections and this is a great example of it!

Also Jim O's Empire State Building: I like the way you've chosen to frame it here, it makes for an interesting viewpoint of an iconic building. Interestingly, I think it also works as a very graphic image upside-down! (which is how I first viewed it).

Rob Skeoch
07-18-2012, 09:39 AM
This week I received....

Empire State from Brooklyn Bridge... very nice, Thank you.
Abandoned Car... wow those Pentax ME Super's just keep on clicking.